2012 was a big year for the Festival Rhythmic Program. The rhythmic community was introduced to the program at the Rhythmic Challenge and Invitational in Colorado Springs in February and at the 2012 Junior Olympic and Open Championships in Orlando in June. Festival Rhythmic Competition was included at both events with pioneering athletes from Chattooga Gymnastics in Atlanta, Ga., DeVeau’s Rhythmic in Fishers, Ind., and First Coast Rhythmics in Jacksonville, Fla.

Athletes competed in each of the individual levels A thru D, plus the Special Athletes levels for athletes with disabilities. Competitors also participated in group, duet and trio events. Festival Rhythmic awards the athletes achievement with ribbons for each routine competed. Highlights included several “GOLD” level awards for routines scoring above 90 points out of 100: